Bedtime Math and The Crayon Initiative Partner to Launch “The Great Crayon Cleanout” in NJ Schools June 6-10

Elementary students do a little math to help save the planet and
help other kids

SUMMIT, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Thousands of elementary school kids in New Jersey can save the
environment and give back to children’s hospitals through The
Great Crayon Cleanout
, a new effort announced today by Bedtime
Math Foundation
in partnership with The
Crayon Initiative

Any elementary school in New Jersey can register to be a part of the
action. Students will gather up used crayons and crayon stubs from their
homes and classrooms. Bedtime Math’s free kit will guide teachers and
students through colorful math exercises, in which the kids will count,
sort and weigh the crayons to learn basic statistics. Top-collecting
schools will vie for one of 10 grand prizes.

“Every pound of broken pieces of crayon saved from the landfill can make
40 fresh new crayons, instead of becoming non-biodegradable sludge,”
said Laura Overdeck, founder of Bedtime Math. “The Great Crayon Cleanout
is a great way to get kids thinking about numbers in a meaningful way,
while saving the environment and helping other kids. It’s the perfect
blend of number sense and good citizenship. We’re proud to make this
happen in our home state, and hope to expand beyond the Garden State
next year.”

Schools that would like to participate must sign up online by May 13 at
Crayon collection and math activities will be completed the week of June
6-10. The free kit also includes a copy of the book Bedtime Math: The
Truth Comes Out
for the school library, as well as pre-paid shipping
supplies donated by Bedtime Math.

“Crayons are a building block of childhood creativity. In order for kids
to grow, they need to have the freedom to express themselves through
art,” said Bryan Ware, founder of The Crayon Initiative. “We are excited
to partner with Bedtime Math to expand our efforts in New Jersey.
Together we’re providing more children with the tools they need to
unlock their artistic potential while reducing waste in landfills, and
rolling in a little math at the same time.”

Crayons from across the state will be consolidated by a sponsor’s
employee volunteers during the week of June 19. The Crayon Initiative
will then melt down the discarded crayons to manufacture new packs,
which will be donated to the following New Jersey children’s hospitals:

  1. Children’s Specialized Hospital
  2. K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical
  3. Saint Barnabas Children’s Center Saint Barnabas Medical Center
  4. St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital
  5. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson
    University Hospital
  6. The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center
  7. The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital
  8. The Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper
  9. The Goryeb Children’s Hospital
  10. The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital Hackensack University
    Medical Center
  11. Voorhees Pediatric Facility

For more information about The Great Crayon Cleanout, or to speak with
Bedtime Math founder Laura Overdeck, contact Sandy LoPiccolo at
908-444-4532 or

About Bedtime Math Foundation

Bedtime Math Foundation is a Summit-based nonprofit organization that
seeks to put the fun and discovery back into learning math. Its core
product is a zany online math problem that parents can do with their
kids every day; a recent study
from the University of Chicago showed that when families do Bedtime Math
together, kids’ math skills improve by months. Bedtime Math is also the
creator of Crazy 8s, a lively, hands-on after-school math club that has
donated more than 6,000 club kits nationwide, serving more than 80,000
children. For more information, visit

About The Crayon Initiative

The Crayon Initiative is a Northern California based-nonprofit devoted
to promoting the arts for children by providing them access to the
resources they need. The group believes that in order to grow and learn,
children need the freedom to be creative and express themselves through
art. The Crayon Initiative organizes crayon collections of unwanted
crayons, remanufactures them, and provides them to the hospitals that
care for our kids. For more information, visit


Bedtime Math Foundation
Sandy LoPiccolo, 908-444-4532
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